The wedding registry system has not yet been adopted in our culture, probably due to the lack of a single outlet that provides all related items or simply because the practice never received much weight in our society.
Whatever the reason, it results in a stressful decision to be made last minute, and most people resort to cash gifts, which is perfectly fine, but, not half as much fun to open! Still, if you think about it, there is a range of practical and luxury essentials that a newly wedded couple would love and be able to enjoy together. When we say ‘together’, we mean that although the groom needs these gifts just as much, he probably doesn’t know it yet! Here are some of the things you can consider gifting your friends and family.
Home Decor Products
Home décor products are something a couple can’t get enough of when starting out. Everything from lamps to rugs, vases, and silverware are always appreciated and there have been some exquisite brands that have popped up offering a luxurious range. Firstly, there is the popular silver specialist boutique Taneez. Their silver plated or sterling silver metal trays, frames, or our favourite napkin rings make a thoughtful and beautiful wedding gift.
Taneez silver plated napkin rings
Sleek & Sophisticated
If you’d like to purchase something more sleek and sophisticated, Yoc’a Furniture carries a selection of fine leather trays and coasters that a young couple would truly appreciate and can use for years.
One can never have enough lamps; they add warmth and ambience to a home and can usually fit in any kind of setting. You don’t have to take the couple’s interior into account, if you go for neutral classy pairs. Find these at the Renaissance furniture store along with elegant long silver candlesticks and glass lanterns; also an incredibly elegant gift. You may not consider it but these exclusive furniture stores are a goldmine of gorgeous home accessories.
If you’re in Lahore, you can hit the recently launched Home Couture store founded by Shahnaz Noon and Attiya Rashid. We love their silk quilt peacock embroidered bed covers and hand-printed cushion covers for a heartfelt wedding gift. If your beloved bride-groom are book lovers they also have some beautiful wood carved bookends and who doesn’t need a glistening polished silver tea pot!
Home Couture polished silver tea pot
Apart from lamps, the second most popular items your home can never tire of, are Persian area rugs. Most people wrap these up and take them back with them wherever they may live and it works with the most classic to the most modern interior spaces. Afghan Carpet is one option but there are many others and this particular item will also ensure that your gift is not duplicated by anyone else by coincidence.
Another great and handy present is a dinner or tea set and we know just the place. Ensemble Home’s Good Earth Indian collection of authentic painted china in stunning royal colours will certainly make their day, and they will think of you every time they use it.
Ensemble Home Good Earth painted China tea set
Home décor aside, you can also offer your close friends some romantic personal packages such as a gift card from Oxygen Spa for a massage or a full day of treatments to recover from the stress of the wedding. The advantage is that they would probably never think to buy it for themselves and they can use it whenever they please.
Inside the Oxygen Spa
‘His & Her’ Gifts
His and her fragrances, bathrobes and towels are also an adorable present you may consider. Bath and body products from Crabtree & Evelyn or The Body Shop are another way to go. Trust us, nobody can resist their luscious scents and even if the groom never admits it, he will be hooked on to these amazing moisturisers, lotions, and bath products forever. If you decide to go for these products, make sure you package them attractively using Blob Creations decorative services. Their beautiful presentation is sure to leave your gift unmatched and undefeated. So, for the next wedding you attend; leave those tired cash envelopes at home and show some love with something a little more special.
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Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2013.
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